61 year old guy who reads voraciously, mostly history and economics, plays guitar, enjoys shooting pictures and laying around on the beach, follows football carefully, loves his wife of 37 years and his grown children, and has left the electronic vineyard he toiled in for 36 years in favor of what we euphemistically call 'retirement.'


    Suicidal democrats?

    If I were a democrat and lived where I do and all I cared about was politics — which I think, given what I perceive as their constant whining about

    One sentence that says it all

    Just in case you missed it, referring to the upcoming election, a Washington Times editorial stated this morning: “It is a referendum on a vision of government and society in

    People in Illinois seem to be pretty wound up

    I made a run over to the Bloomington, IL area today to visit my client and something caught my eye. Unlike this time two years ago, candidate yard signs are

    Cooking the books?

    My wife asked me an innocent question over dinner while NBC News was droning on the countertop nearby– ‘Who decides when the recession ended?’ I opined that if it had,

    Four down, 46 to go

    Taking a quick walk thru’ the headlines over lunch I discovered that the first four dominoes have fallen — ‘Health insurers drop coverage for children ahead of new rules’ There’s


    The myth of 100% systems availability

    Aside from the fact that the numbers are interesting to consider, it struck me reading this piece in the IBD this morning how similarly my thought process works from one


    An idea whose time has not come — and probably won’t

    I apologize if someone else has passed along this thought … earlier today on the news I happened to hear St. Hillary of the Billing Records welcoming Israeli and Palestinian

    Good question. I’ll find out.

    I forwarded this story to a couple of friends Monday when it came out with the subject line, “Those wacky unions!”. A local GM stamping plant union has voted themselves

    Hammered home three times — and it was wrong

    As is the usually the case, I was listening to Rush’s podcast in the car this morning (Monday’s) and he put his foot in it a bit in regards to

    Sometimes you actually do

    Read a couple stories this morning that drove home the cliched point that indeed, sometimes you actually do hate it when you’re right. Happened twice in fact. But I’m also